What a fantastic hotel. I absolutly loved this place!! Firstly, this hotel is very new which is certainly not the case at the next door Grand Hotel Beijing. This hotel is connected to a string of indoor offices and shopping. Also a great location because it is close to a pedestrian shopping street and across the street from the Forbidden City. Since I travelled with someone on business, this gave me time to explore both as well as excursions to the Summer Palace and part of the Great Wall. Our suite was beautiful and had a great view of the Forbidden City. The staff here is great and truely every wish is your command. We had come from the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong and were hoping to stay at the one in Beijing, we chose this one because of the better location to offices. This is no Peninsula Hong Kong but it is certainly very nice. My first dining experience within the hotel other than room service was La Vie which serves a stellar afternoon tea. I found this tea just as good as in the Peninsula Hong Kong. I have had afternoon tea in many places and this was among the best! East 33 is another great restaurant that is traditional Pekingese cuisine. This was my first restaurant to have Peking Duck in China and pretty much had it every night for the remander of our stay! We also ate here the last night and really enjoyed it but had pizza instead that was great. Probably the best place in Beijing for Peking Duck is the restaurant that only serves it, while I cannot recall the Mandarin name, some consider this place a tourist trap although the duck is absolutly exquisite. And as an added plus, at the end of your meal you recieve a little ticket saying that you ate duck number 1 billion...... I still have mine on my desk! I ate two times at JAAN (back at Raffles Hotel) because I love french cuisine. It was absolutly stunning and loved it!!!!
We only ate outside of the hotel twice throughout the week (once at the duck restaurant and the other at the adjacent Grand Hotel's Old Peking Restaurant). This restaurant was very traditional but my least favorite of all the restaurants because of the staff's inability to speak English whereas all other restaurants had great, friendly staff!!!!!
I would have loved to come back for or have gone during the Summer Olympics because the Chinese did a lovely job.
As another added unplanned bonus, we were able to see the some of the just completed facilities such as the athlete's residences, swimming pool building and "bird's nest" where the opening and closing ceremonies were held.
Friends of mine were able to attend and stayed at the Ritz Carlton which was not finsihed when we were there. They absolutly loved it although I do not know where in the city it is located.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reflecting Oriental refinement and French élan, Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomises refinement and exclusivity. Established in the early 1900s, this luxury Beijing hotel was then proclaimed as “the only deluxe hotel in the Far East”. A century on, guest rooms and suites draw inspiration from the golden age of travel but are technologically enabled with discretion for 21st century living. Personality Suites pay homage to luminaries from the hotel’s fabled history while Raffles Inc Business Rooms cater to business travellers on the move.Indulge in gastronomic delights at this Beijing hotel. Innovative French cuisine takes centrestage at the elegant Jaan Restaurant which recalls the glamour of the 1920s with glittering chandeliers and its original timber dance floor.The vibrant East 33 meanwhile offers international fare and the popular weekend Seafood Extravaganza.Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel lies in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts, a few minutes from historical attractions such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, the Silk Market, and modern marvels such as the ‘Water Cube’ National Swimming Centre and ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium which captured the world’s imagination during the Summer Olympics of 2008. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raffles Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Raffles Hotel
- Raffles Beijing